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For thousands of years, Zion was merely a place name and a biblical ideology. But in 1997, when a beloved singer and rapper used it for a baby name for her little boy, it became a modern given name that has been growing in popularity ever since. As of the mid-2000s, it even caught on as a name for baby girls too. Many parents who choose the name do so because of its religious significance.

Meaning of the name Zion:

Hebrew: Highest point

Origin of the name Zion:

In the Bible, Zion is a name for the City of David, a neighborhood in Jeruselum. The word or place name became a popular given name in the 1990s and 2000s.

Symbolism of the name Zion:

For those of the Christian and Jewish faiths, Zion may represent the “Promise Land” or “The Land of Milk and Honey” in Israel, where God protects His promised people.

Baby name Zion

Style of the name Zion:

New age

Gender of the name Zion:

Zion is a unisex name, though it's more popular for boys.

Pronunciation of the name Zion:

ZYE-on

Number of syllables in the name Zion:

Two

Emotion evoked from the name Zion:

Like its significance to various cultures and religions, the name Zion evokes images of peace, happiness and promise.

Alternative spellings for the name Zion:

  • Zyon
  • Zionn
  • Zyonn

Nicknames for the name Zion:

  • Zee
  • Zy

Popularity of the name Zion:

Zion has been on the list of top 1,000 names for baby boys since 1998. In 2020, it ranked at number 144. For girls, it first made the list in 2005, and in 2020, it ranked at number 926, according to the Social Security Administration.

Related names for the name Zion:

Great middle names for Zion and their meanings:

Famous people with the name Zion:

  • Zion(artist, son of musician Lauryn Hill and grandson of musician Bob Marley)
  • Zion Kuwonu (musician)
  • Zion Levy (rabbi)
  • Zion Lights (activist)
  • Zion Williamson (basketball player)
  • Zion Clark (wrestler, subject of “Zion” documentary on Netflix)

Zion in popular culture:

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